Close Call at JFK Airport After Plane Lines Up to Land on Wrong Runway - NBC New York

Close Call at JFK Airport After Plane Lines Up to Land on Wrong Runway

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    The quick actions from air traffic controllers at JFK Airport helped prevent a disaster on the runway. Tracie Strahan reports. (Published Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017)

    What to Know

    • A Delta plane was rolling down Runway 13 right preparing for take off when a Volaris Airlines flight, mistakenly lined up on the same runway

    • Crews on the Delta flight stopped their takeoff and taxied off the runway as air traffic controllers ordered the Volaris flight to go around

    • The Volaris flight landed safely on the correct, parallel runway after going around and no injuries were reported

    The quick actions from air traffic controllers at JFK Airport helped prevent a disaster on the runway.

    A Delta plane was rolling down Runway 13 right when another jet, a Volaris flight, mistakenly lined up on the same runway. The Volaris flight was supposed to land on a parallel runway, Runway 13 left.

    "Brickyard 4231 cancel take off plans," an air traffic controller is heard saying on the radio. "Brickyard cancel take off plans."

    The crew on the Delta flight stopped their takeoff and taxied off the runway as air traffic controllers ordered the Volaris flight to go around.

    "You’re lined up on the wrong runway," another air traffic controller is heard saying. "Volaris 880 go around, turn left heading 100."

    The plane, which was arriving in New York City from Mexico, went around and landed safely on the correct runway.

    It's not clear how close the planes were to each other. 

    No injuries were reported. Volaris released a statement Tuesday night saying the airplane landed safely without any incidents.

    “The safety of our passengers and crew is our highest priority, and in accordance with our procedures Volaris will conduct an investigation to determine the factors that led to this event,” the statement read.

    Just last week two planes had clipped wings with each other at JFK. 

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